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After the long awaited landmark Louis Vuitton v. Google decision, the European Court of Justice (the "ECJ") has issued another interesting decision on the use keywords in search advertising systems (e.g. AdWords) that however reviews the issue on the advertisers' side. The ECJ held that a trademark holder can prohibit from advertising an advertiser that - without the consent of the trademark holder - selected a keyword for an Internet referencing service identical with/similar to trademark registered by the former in relation to goods/services identical to those in respect of which his mark is registered, "where that advertising does not enable average Internet users, or enables them only with difficulty, to ascertain whether the goods or services referred to by the ad originate from the proprietor of the trade mark...

The launch of online slots in Italy led to a 63% growth of the online casino games sector in 2013 according to a report from the University of Milan.Online slots were launched in Italy at the end of 2012 and now represent 50% of € 240 million GGR generated in 2013 from the Italian online casino market.  But the figures of the Italian online casino market are expected to improve in 2014-2015 following the decision from casino game suppliers of preventing their operators from offering games to people located in Italy through non-Italian licensed platforms.  This might create new interest for operators willing to enter into the Italian market. And the market might be attractive also for sportsbetting operators following the...

Dear Reader,This is to inform you that with effect from today I will be leaving my current law firm to join the Rome/Milan offices of DLA Piper which is one of the largest law firms in the world with 3,500 lawyers in offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States and with a tremendous expertise in the technology law field that is recognized worldwide.I will be always very active in the gaming, Internet, technology, telecom and privacy sector, but my contact details will change. Here is my new email address. Giulio...

The Article 29 Working Party, the European Union data protection advisory body, issued an interesting opinion on online behavioral advertising,  i.e. the tracking of users when they surf the Internet and the building of profiles over time, which are later used to provide them with advertising matching their interests. Rules on behavioral advertising are relevant for (i) ad network providers, i.e. those connecting publishers with advertisers (e.g. the major search engines); (ii) advertisers, i.e. those promoting a product/service to a specific audience; and publishers, i.e. websites owners looking for revenues by selling space to display ads. In particular, the Article 29 Working Party focused its attention on the usage of cookies or similar devices and on the data collected through them and stated: cookies often...

The Italian Criminal Court of Cassation has issued an interesting decision against two resellers of gaming consoles selling devices, the so called "modchips", aimed at removing the technological measures of protection embedded in gaming consoles by the relative manufacturers. Article 171-ter, letter f-bis, of Italian Copyright Law, implementing the Copyright Directive 2000/29/EC, sanctions with the imprisonment up to 3 years and with a fine up to € 15,493 any person that to gain profit:manufactures, imports, distributes, sells, rents, assigns on any basis, advertises for sale or rental, or possesses for commercial purposes devices, products or components or the provision of services which either have as primary purpose or commercial use the circumvention of any effective technological measure i.e. measures of protection adopted by copyright holders limiting or...

This is to inform you about a very interesting conference named “Virtualizzazione e Cloud Computing: rischi ed opportunitità” (Virtualization and Cloud Computing: risks and opportinuties) that will be held on the 23rd of June 2010 in Milan at Palazzo Turati. The conference will see the participation of world famous lecturers, managers and attorneys.I believe it is a great opportunity (also because the entrance is free) to get to know better a topic that is extremely actual especially during a period of financial difficulties. Indeed, the panel will discuss the risk and opportunities arising out of this practice for both providers of IT services and companies interested in implementing cloud computing systems.Do you want to know more about the conference? Please...

The Court of Milan issued an interesting decision on a topic that is very “hot” especially now during the Football World Cup. Sky Italia, the holder of the copyrights on the broadcasting of the matches of the Italian football championship, brought a claim against the website “tvgratis.net” that provided the links and software necessary to access to Chinese websites stream broadcasting such football matches in breach of Sky Italia’s copyrights and against Telecom Italia, the Italian telecom incumbent, providing access to such website.

The Administrative Court of Lazio Region has issued an interim suspension of the efficacy of the Italian decree on poker cash games and casino games following a claim from Microgame, one of the main Italian gaming operators (not to be confused with Microgaming). Based on the information currently available on the press, Microgame has challenged the legitimacy of the decree on cash games and casino games - as according to them - the Italian Gaming Authority would have introduced substantial amendments to the draft decree that had been notified to the European Commission. On the contrary, according to the Italian Gaming Authority the extension of the provisions of the decree had been agreed with the European Commission and...

Once again following the recent Bwin v. Santa Casa decision, the European Court of Justice has declared an European gaming monopoly compliant with the EU principles to provide services in two decisions involving Betfair and Ladbrokes against the Dutch gaming monopoly. To give you a but of background information, Dutch legislation in relation to games of chance is based on a system of exclusive licenses under which only one license is granted in respect of each of the games of chance authorized and the offering games of chance interactively via the internet in the Netherlands is completely banned. De Lotto is a non-profit-making foundation holding a license for the organization of sports-related prize ...

The Italian Gaming Authority has published a Bulletin Circular providing the details on the technical authorization process to be performed by Italian licensed operators before starting the  offer of online skill games (including poker tournaments), poker cash games and casino games. New entrants in the market interested in the offer of such games shall - before starting the offer of their games to Italian residents -:apply and obtain an Italian online gaming license;have their gaming platform and each offered game certified by a certification entity accredited with the Italian Gaming Authority;submit to the Italian Gaming Authority the project relating to their gaming platform and each offered game; andobtain the technical authorization for the offer such games by the Italian Gaming...